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New Students to Add to Religious Life on Campus

CONWAY, Ark. (August 14, 2012) - The Hendrix College Chaplain's Office and the Hendrix-Miller Center for Vocations, Ethics, and Calling welcomed several new students to campus on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

Among the new students in the Class of 2016 are eight United Methodist Youth Fellowship (UMYF) Scholars and five Miller Center Service Scholars.

UMYF Leadership Scholarships are awarded to students who have provided significant leadership in local church, district, and conference youth ministries of the United Methodist Church and who demonstrate outstanding potential for Christian leadership on the Hendrix campus.

Miller Center Service Scholarships are awarded to incoming freshmen who have been leaders in volunteer service while in high school and desire to continue volunteering in college as a way of exploring their vocation. Service Scholars perform a certain number of volunteer hours off campus each semester and participate in programs for vocational reflection, guided by the Miller Center staff.

"What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to work with exceptional students who come to Hendrix with outstanding leadership skills," said Hendrix College Chaplain Rev. J. Wayne Clark.  "The new life and leadership they bring to the entire campus pays many dividends both on campus and off."

New United Methodist Youth Fellowship Scholars in the Class of 2016 include:

  • Shannon Abbot - Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Austen Gnad - North Little Rock, Ark.
  • Hannah Shelton - Little Rock, Ark.
  • Susan Warren - Paris, Ark.
  • Barbara Patterson, Houston, Texas
  • Michael McMurray - Little Rock, Ark.
  • Jake Higgins - Greenwood, Ark.
  • Ross Ragsdale - Bryant, Ark.

New Miller Center Scholars in the Class of 2016 include:

  • Jessica Amos - West Helena, Ark.
  • Shannon Clark - Carthage, Mo.
  • Isabelle Staines - Clarksville, Md.
  • Lindsey Lauritzen - Austin, Texas
  • Briana Wagner - Memphis, Tenn.
  • Daniel Imbro - Little Rock, Ark.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. Hendrix was named the country's #1 "Up and Coming" liberal arts college for the third consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2011 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 376 colleges and is listed in the 2012 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges as one of 25 "Best Buy" private colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit